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David Byrne is an Oscar winning composer, songwriter and singer, best known for being frontman of the New Wave/punk band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Born in Scotland but raised in the United States in Maryland, Byrne began performing musically in high school. Byrne attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) between... See full bio »

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The Last Emperor Composer


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 2021 Start Making Sense (Short) (music by)
 2020 David Byrne's American Utopia (Documentary)
 2012 David Byrne & St. Vincent: Who (Music Video)
 2007 Big Love (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- Oh, Pioneers (2007)
- Take Me as I Am (2007)
- Kingdom Come (2007)
 2006 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Two Square Miles (2006)
 2003 Young Adam
 2002 X-Press 2 Feat. David Byrne: Lazy (Video short)
 1999 The Last Words (Short)
 1994 Between the Teeth (Documentary)
 1992 Talking Heads: Sax and Violins (Music Video)
 1992 Talking Heads: Lifetime Piling Up (Music Video)
 1992 David Byrne: She's Mad (Music Video)
 1989 Îlé Aiyé (Documentary)
 1989 Make Believe Mambo (Video short) (composer)
 1988 Talking Heads: Blind (Music Video)
 1988 Alive from Off Center (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Men Die Sooner (1988)
 1986 Talking Heads: Wild Wild Life (Music Video)
 1986 Talking Heads: Love for Sale (Music Video)
 1986 True Stories (composed by)
 1985 Talking Heads: And She Was (Music Video)
 1985 Talking Heads: Stay Up Late (Music Video)
 1984 Stop Making Sense (Documentary)
 1982 The Catherine Wheel (TV Movie)
 1981 Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime (Music Video)
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Album: "Rei Momo" See more »

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1 Portrayal | 9 Interviews | 9 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Despite having toured with her [St. Vincent] for almost a year I don't think I know her much better, at least not on a personal level ... mystery is not a bad thing for a beautiful, talented young woman (or man) to embrace. And she does it without seeming to be standoffish or distant. See more »


The Talking Heads' trademark song, "Psycho Killer", was inspired by a phrase used by his art school friend, Barbara Conway. She used the phrase, "psycho killer", to describe things she thought were cool. Conway was murdered by a female stalker in the 1980s. See more »


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